With the release of the new LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets based on Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, we have been treated to a new version of everyone’s favourite talking tree. But did you know that the new Baby Groot microfigure is actually the third version of Rocket’s partner in crime? So today as a little bit of fun we look over the life and times of LEGO Groot, who has grown into a trio of forms from his introduction in 2014.
When we first meet Groot on screen, he and the genetically engineered talking raccoon buddy Rocket, are looking to make quick buck on Xander, by cashing in the bounty of the galaxy’s most wanted felon Star-lord. The LEGO version of Groot appeared in set 76020: Knowhere Escape Mission. Where he as was partially brick-built ‘bigfig’, with the main body and head section of Groot being a specially created element.
Also in 2014, a special Toys R Us exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy polybag set was released which featured Rocket and a newly reborn version of Groot. The LEGO version is certainly a little minimal but it’s still technically a version of Groot.
This year we are treated to not one but two brand new versions of Groot with the adorable little Baby Groot microfigs. These use an all new mould to create a unique element, which perfectly captures Baby Groots lovable charm. There are two variants of Baby Groot featured across two different LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy sets. In set 76081: The Milano vs. The Abilisk, Baby Groot joins Star-lord, Drax, Gamora and Nebula to take on the beastly Abilisk.
Then in set 76080: Ayesha’s Revenge, Baby Groot dons his Ravager uniform and his best mean expression to join Yondu to take on the golden might of Ayesha. Both Mircofigs make this the smallest Baby Groot figure produced so far.
Before we ever see a physical version of Groot in LEGO, he appeared as a digital character in TT Games’s LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game released in 2013. This version of Groot, was modelled on the same ‘bigfig’ body used for the Hulk. Making this version of Groot far meatier looking and shorter than the version which debuted in 2014.
You can add Groot to your LEGO collection with the brand new range of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sets are available now. Are you ready to #buildsomethingsuper?